Repurposed Headboard French Bench

This French Bench has to be my favorite repurposed headboard bench.   I love finding unique and rare beds so I can transform them into a bench.   

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This one is my favorite because of the poster spindles, that give the repurposed headboard bench so much character.  

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The other reason is because I picked her out of the trash!  I find some of the best beds in the trash.  I found out that most of our area thrift stores say no to a headboard so people just throw them away.  

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We start by cutting the footboard in half and drilling 3 pocket holes with a Kreg Jig into the back sides to attach to the headboard.   We like to use the sideboards from the bed as a bottom base to give the bench more stability.   

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This bed already had the bottom base, so we only needed a front board, so the bench had a uniform look all around. 

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We also used the Kreg Jig to add pocket holes to the front base board.  The Kreg Jig is one of the easiest tools to use and it gives your piece a custom look since it hides the screws.  

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Next, was building a frame to sit the bench seat upon.  Again, using 2 pocket holes at both ends of the 1-inch boards and the center support.  

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Once the seat frame was built we cut boards for the seat.  These were just nailed in place after painting and staining with my Ryobi AirStrike Nailer.  Now the pretty begins. 

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I painted the bench using Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture paint in baguette, lightly distressed and sealed with their varnish and glazed using Annie’s reserve in bourbon. 

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 I added the french stencil using the bourbon glaze.  I found this similar Laurel Wreath stencil. I custom made the Bonjour with my Cameo.  

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I love the look of stained wood and painted furniture so I decided to stain the seat of the bench.  I think I used the walnut stain from Minwax.  

I have joined with my fellow Power Tool Challenge bloggers this month and our theme was anything goes!  Make sure you stop to see what these creative builders made this month.  

 

Power Tool Challenge Team Favorite Projects

DIY Family Sign by My Love To Create

DIY Aiderondack FireBowl Table by Interior Frugalista

DIY Headboard Bench by Domestically Speaking

DIY Wall Sign by Designs By Studio C

Easy Bird Feeder by Virginia Sweet Pea

DIY Headboard Bench by Designed Decor

DIY Small Pet Bed by H2OBungalow

How To Use A Kreg Jig by My Repurposed Life

 

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16 Responses to Repurposed Headboard French Bench

  1. I can’t get over your beautiful finish on this awesome bench! You knocked it out of the park DeDe! And the spindles, so awesome!

  2. What a beautiful piece of furniture. I didn’t know that thrift shops often won’t accept beds. I think I’ll start haunting the back of Goodwill to see if I can find one there. (Our Goodwill throws A LOT of good stuff away.) I love the paint and glaze that you used and how you combined it with a stained seat. So pretty!

  3. DeDe! A headboard bench! Two this month… oh my! I need to get busy making some benches for the fall. I LOVE making them because each is so unique.

    I love the finishing touches you put on your bench.

    pinning!
    gail

    • Gail, I have about 5 beds waiting for me to turn them into a bench! I know you love a good bench makeover as well and you are so right about each one being so unique!

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